Studio One Live Sets

IPR/Madeleine King

As summer winds down and school rolls back into session, we’ve been looking back on the music that made our summer. From festivals around the state to live sets straight from our studios in Cedar Falls, we’ve been busy bringing our listeners “music that matters”. Check out some highlights from Studio One’s summer schedule and look ahead with us at what’s to come in the next few months as well.

JUNE

Studio One Underground with “whiskey gospel” group, King of the Tramps

IPR/Tony Dehner

The eastern Iowa band Wooden Nickel Lottery made a return visit to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live performance on August 14.  The group is releasing it's third album Long Time Running in September, and devoted almost their entire set to material from that new release.  Wooden Nickel Lottery does a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" on the new album, and the band played an outstanding version of that song for the Studio One audience.

You can hear that and more in this live set from Wooden Nickel Lottery!  

Christopher Fenton

Earlier this summer, the Iowa City band Flash In A Pan released their second album, Folklore.  The "folk and grass" (as in bluegrass) group brought many of the songs from that new album to IPR's Cedar Falls studios on Aug. 6.  Flash In A Pan write original songs utilizing the traditional bluegrass form, as you will hear in this live set.

Have a listen to Flash In A Pan right here!  

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Cedar Falls band The Copper Smoke Trials performed a live set for Studio One in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on July 23rd.  The band members are all music students, and are led by vocalist and guitarist Clayton Ryan.  The Copper Smoke Trials take a lot of their inspiration from classic rock, as was evident in their energetic set featuring most of the songs from their EP titled Bird, and more.

Have a listen to The Copper Smoke Trials! 

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Big Takeover are a soulful ska/rock steady/reggae band from New Paltz, New York.  In the midst of their current tour, the band stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios before continuing on back to the East coast.  The Big Takeover, with frontwoman Nee Nee Rushie, were in top form as we recorded their session on July 23rd- a Monday morning.  Their great set will get you moving any time of the day!

You can hear The Big Takeover right here!  

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Aubur, IA band King Of The Tramps are in the middle of a tour, and that included a stop at the Des Moines Social Club to perform live on IPR's Studio One Underground!

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Des Moines hip-hop artist is having a busy year. His new EP Riot Gear was released earlier this year, and his label Media Fresh will be releasing music by additional artists this summer. We talked about all of this, and more, and heard some great music during a live performance on IPR's Studio One Tracks!

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Des Moines band Field Division are having quite a year, with a European and U.K. tour this past Spring, and another tour abroad slated for this Fall.  In between they are releasing their debut full-length album, Dark Matter Dreams, on the British label Bella Union.  The band played a Studio One Tracks live set in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on May 31, previewing some of the songs that will appear on that new record.

You can hear that set right here! 

IPR/Tony Dehner

Iowa City-based songwriter, musician, producer and arranger Dana Telsrow brought some accomplished players with him for his Studio One Tracks live set on May 10.  The performance in IPR's Cedar Falls studios featured tracks from Dana T's previous album as well as several from the brand new full-length release, Harsh Forever.  Plus, we were treated to a brand new unreleased song.  

Have a listen to this great live set from Dana T!

IPR/Tony Dehner

St. Louis-based musician and songwriter Beth Bombara and her band arrived at The Basement of The Des Moines Social Club on the rainy and stormy night of May 3, for two sets of "Americana with a rock 'n' roll chaser".  Bombara performed songs from her most recent album, Map & No Direction, including a great cover of a Bob Dylan song.  

Have a listen to this Studio One Underground live performance, right here!

Beth Bombara

We're bringing in another great singer-songwriter from Missouri to Studio One Underground! Beth Bombara will be joining us for our live broadcast from the Des Moines Social Club on May 3rd!

The St. Louis-based Bombara has toured nationally and opened for Pokey LaFarge, Waxahatchee and Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, and is developing a following in the Des Moines area. She cites George Harrison, Tom Petty, Neko Case and Aimee Mann as influences on her folk-rock sound.

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Des Moines rock and blues trio The Other Brothers released their second studio album Born Out Of Tune on April 11.  That very night, they stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios to perform the new album live in it's entirety!  The songs are all originals, but the sound will have you thinking classic rock revival.

Check out The Other Brothers right here! 

IPR/Chris Fenton

Izabel Crane is a band based in Springfield, MO.  The group has been gathering fans in Iowa as they have toured through the state in the past year or so, and many of those fans were in the audience for Izabel Crane's live debut on IPR.  It was Studio One Underground, live from The Basement of the Des Moines Social Club on April 5.  For this show, Izabel Crane was a three piece band:  Liz Carney on vocals and guitar, Matt Guinn on lead guitar, and B.J.

IPR/Tony Dehner

Des Moines singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco returned to IPR's Cedar Falls studios for a live set on March 21.  Tedesco made fine use of our vintage Steinway piano, and also accompanied himself on guitar and stomp board.  He played some new songs, and talked about his latest projects, as well as his life as a working musician.

Enjoy this live set from Dan Tedesco! 

Izabel Crane

We'll be expanding our borders a bit on IPR's Studio One Underground in the coming months, as we'll be welcoming some great musicians from Missouri in April and May! First up, from the Ozarks, it's Izabel Crane!

IPR/Chris Fenton

The Cedar Rapids band treesreach played a live set in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on March 19.  The performance was also featured as a Facebook Live event on IPR's Facebook page.  The group played songs from their debut album Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing.  On the album, many of their songs come across as more orchestral and in the realm of chamber pop, but for this live set treesreach put a definite indie rock spin on their material. 

Have a listen to treesreach right here!

treesreach

IPR is always looking for new ways to bring great music to our listeners, and more and more, that means going beyond what we do on air. It's no surprise to anyone that social media is playing a growing role in reaching our listeners. With this in mind, we've invested in video equipment that will make it possible for us to regularly stream our in-studio performances. We've already done it on our Classical stream, and this week you'll have two chances to catch Studio One events on Facebook Live!

IPR/Chris Fenton

The Host Country are a band that's definitely evolved over the years. Originally a folk-inspired duo, they added a rhythm section for their first full-length album, and expanded to a five-piece band with two electric guitars in the past year. The Host Country brought their bigger, more rockin' sound to Studio One Underground in March, and now you can hear their performance right here.

The Host Country

We're kicking off our third season of Studio One Underground on March 8th! We'll be joined by  the Des Moines band The Host Country, founded by singer-songwriters Ty Wistrand and Diana Weishaar. Over the years, The Host Country has expanded to a five-piece band and become well-known for their honest, heartfelt lyrics, strong melodies and powerful vocals.

IPR/Tony Dehner

The Des Moines-based band The Fuss raised a fuss in 2017 with their debut full-length record, and also a Des Moines Social Club performance for Studio One Underground.  Here's a chance to check out an in-studio set from the band, recorded in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on August 1, 2017.

Enjoy this set from The Fuss!

IPR/Tony Dehner

Lewis Knudsen is a talented songwriter, vocalist and musician from the Quad Cities.  He and his band made a return visit to IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 26, 2017.  Knudsen's latest album Philip was just out, and we were treated to spirited renditions of songs from the new record, along with conversation about the new project.

You can enjoy that set from Lewis Knudsen right here!

IPR/Tony Dehner

Foxholes, the indie rock band from Des Moines, stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios for an energetic live set on May 16, 2017.  The group played songs from their current album, titled Foxholes.  Does that title indicate that this is the definitive album from the band?  Find out in this set of music and conversation from Foxholes.

Check it out right here!

Chris Fenton

A prominent part of the jam band scene in the Quad Cities for several years, The Dawn released a new record on Davenport's Cartouche Records label in 2017.  The group stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on December 14, 2017 to showcase their talents on the new material, and to talk about their music.

Have a listen to The Dawn!

IPR/Tony Dehner

Des Moines natives Steven Bergeron and Kamillah Camp-Bey are the core members of Ancient Posse.  The up-and-coming soul/synth group brought the full band to the Basement of the Des Moines Social Club for our Feb. 1 Studio One Underground live broadcast.  The appreciative hometown crowd was treated to songs from Ancient Posse's forthcoming debut album. 

You can hear both sets from Ancient Posse right here, and find out what the buzz is all about! 

IPR/MARK SIMMET

Chastity Brown was raised in Tennessee, and currently resides in Minneapolis.  She stopped by IPR's Cedar Falls studios on July 18, 2017, singing songs from her Red House Records album Silhouette Of Sirens, and accompanying herself on guitar and piano.  Brown played and sang her introspective and soulful songs, and talked about her life and music.  

Enjoy Chastity Brown's Studio One set!

Ancient Posse

IPR's Studio One Underground series got off to a strong start in 2018, as we enjoyed a great night of music from the long-running Iowa band The Nadas. For February, we're excited to present one of Des Moines' most exciting up-and-coming bands, Ancient Posse!

Describing their music as "synth R&B gaze" and claiming Alpha Centauri as their hometown (per their Facebook page), Ancient Posse make a strong statement with their first single "Windless". The band is currently at work on their debut album, and they already have a lot of buzz about them in the Des Moines area.

IPR/Tony Dehner

IPR's Studio One Underground series is back for 2018, and we got off to a great start in January with the long-running Iowa band The Nadas!

Despite the crazy cold outside, it was a full house in the Basement of the Des Moines Social Club.We were treated to two great sets of music during the evening, including songs from The Nadas' upcoming new album One Louder, plus a few "crusty rusty old ones" that had the crowd singing along.

The Cedar Falls band Honeywise performed a live set of their music in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 5, 2017.  Guitarist Jason Surratt and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sophia Landis played a heartfelt set, including songs from their full-length album The Grass Is Green.  Be listening for Sophia's Native American flute playing.

Here is the live set from Honeywise!

IPR/Tony Dehner

After a year of Studio One Underground shows from the Des Moines Social Club, it's become an IPR tradition to finish up our year of live broadcasts there with A Conquered Christmas.  For the cause of good will and good cheer, Christopher The Conquered rounds up a stellar roster of Iowa talent to perform in The Basement venue of the DMSC, and Studio One has the honor of broadcasting it live!  This year's event on Dec. 7 featured Brother Trucker, David Zollo, Dustin Smith, Max Wellman, Adam Bruce, Adrien Logsdon and many more! 

The new album from long-time Iowa favorites The Nadas is just out. "One Louder" is the 11th studio album for a band now marking their 25th year in the business. The Nadas will help IPR kick off the 2018 Studio One Underground series from the Basement venue of the Des Moines Social Club January 4th at 7 PM. Tony Dehner will host the show which is free and open to the public. The band will be playing some of their older favorites and plenty of new material from "One Louder." 

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